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Making a banner

Hi, all! I'm not an SCA member (I would love to be, but the nearest chapter is more than a thousand miles away...) but I thought you would be the best people to ask about this project!

I've conceived the desire to make a replica of the banner of Gil-galad (as designed for the Lord of the Rings films), but I basically have no idea where to start. My experience with fiber arts is limited to a few cross-stitch projects; I have no experience with other embroidery stitches or applique. So, I have no idea what techniques I should use.

I'm most worried about the curling tendrils (applique? embroidery? if embroidery, what stitch?) but any advice you could give me on making any part would be fantastic and much appreciated. I know I'll have to practice before I can tackle the project itself, but first I need to know what to practice!

Thanks in advance. :)



Jun. 11th, 2011 06:49 pm (UTC)
I'd be aiming for something around the size of the banner in the photo--it looks to be around five feet long?--or maybe a little smaller. And I'd just be hanging it on my wall.
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Jun. 11th, 2011 07:15 pm (UTC)
I really do have my heart set on embroidering it. XD I think I should be okay in terms of the amount of work; I generally have large amounts of patience for fiddly work in craft projects.

It wouldn't be very floaty anyway; I already own the blue fabric I want to use and it's pretty heavy. But a floaty banner using silk and dyes sounds like a very cool idea for another time! :D

Thanks for the idea of chainstitching; I'll look into that!
Jun. 11th, 2011 07:16 pm (UTC)
That doesn't say "floaty banner" to me -- it's a standard, and is supposed to hang down.
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Jun. 11th, 2011 07:41 pm (UTC)
A concept sketch does exist for a horizontal floaty banner for Gil-galad (visible at :45 here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FWR-88AyX8). That would be a an awesome, if complicated, way for me to try out your suggested technique of silk painting. :D